MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - A former Clay County elementary school is swapping textbooks for hymnals.
City of Hope Community Fellowship had the winning bid in a recent auction of the old Horse Creek Elementary School.
The Clay County Board of Education recently moved to surplus the building.
"It's been a number of different things since it was closed as an elementary school," said Superintendent Amon Couch. "It's been an alternative school. Most recently, we housed some of our support programs there."
After exploring a number of options, the school board eventually decided the best way to sell the property was with an online auction.
When bidding ended last week, City of Hope Church had the top bid of $505,000.
The superintendent calls the sale a win-win.
"Most all districts in Kentucky are very financially pinched, and so we're really excited to be able to have a little bit of a windfall here, to be able to take advantage of doing some things for our kids," he said.
Church members say they are excited to move out of their current rented facility.
"We weren't sure where we were going or what we were going to do, but the Lord did provide for us, and He made this all possible," said church administrator Brian Jackson.
Jackson says they plan to eventually build a new sanctuary on the property, start a basketball league in the gym, and use classrooms for a child literacy program through the Elgin Children's Foundation.
Church and school officials say the sale should be finalized within the month.